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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at


Rose Ruggles 1930s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Rose Ruggles, (b.1923), aged 16. Rose's first job after leaving school was with Compton Son and Webb, uniform makers for the armed services, at Old Ford, where she learnt to be a machinist and earned eight shillings and sixpence a week. When war started she went to work at Hoopers Cable Telegraph Works in Millwall Dock, earning three or four pounds a week, minding a machine. Rose is wearing a navy blue coat and beret, with a bunch of artificial flowers in her buttonhole